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St. Pete Mayor Foster jump starts plans for a new pier design listen

06/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster is getting a jump start on plans to come up with a new design to replace the iconic inverted pyramid at the end of the city’s pier. Voters will decide whether or not to kill the contract with architects to build the Lens at the end of this summer during the primary election. Foster has convened a task force of stakeholders he’s calling the 828 Alliance. During a press conference Wednesday, Foster said the 828 represents August 28th – the day after the election...


Lens critics deliver more than 20,000 petitions to St. Pete City Hall to force a referendum listen

05/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday


A group opposing plans for a new St. Petersburg Pier delivered more than 20,000 petitions to City Hall Wednesday to force a referendum in August. During a press conference calling on city council to stop spending money on the project until after the election, Fred Whaley responded to claims by critics that it’s not hard to get that many people to sign a petition.

“What it’s hard to do is get 20,000 of them to do it and I guess it was a daunting task that we didn’t realize how long...


Citizen Group Opposes Plan to Build The Lens in St. Petersburg

12/04/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe about a proposal to spend $8.25 million dollars to make road improvements to bring a Bass Pro Shops retail complex to eastern Hillsborough County.

But first we'll talk with Fred Whaley who is chair of a group called Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg. The group has launched a petition drive to Stop the Lens.

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